Centre for Internet & Society

We need a better AI vision

We need a better AI vision

Posted by Arindrajit Basu at Oct 14, 2019 01:55 PM |

Artificial intelligence conjures up a wondrous world of autonomous processes but dystopia is inevitable unless rights and privacy are protected.

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AI for Good

Posted by Shweta Mohandas and Saumyaa Naidu at Oct 09, 2019 03:30 PM |

CIS organised a workshop titled ‘AI for Good’ at the Unbox Festival in Bangalore from 15th to 17th February, 2019. The workshop was led by Shweta Mohandas and Saumyaa Naidu. In the hour long workshop, the participants were asked to imagine an AI based product to bring forward the idea of ‘AI for social good’.

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Designing a Human Rights Impact Assessment for ICANN’s Policy Development Processes

Posted by Collin Kure, Akriti Bopanna and Austin Ruckstuhl at Oct 03, 2019 02:35 PM |

As co-chairs of Cross Community Working Party on Human Rights (CCWP-HR) at International Corporation of Names and Numbers (ICANN), Akriti Bopanna and Collin Kurre executed a Human Rights Impact Assessment for ICANN's processes. It was the first time such an experiment was conducted, and unique because of being a multi-stakeholder attempt.

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AI: Full Spectrum Regulatory Challenge Launch Workshop [Reference Files]

Posted by Pranav M B at Oct 01, 2019 12:40 PM |

These are the files released at the AI Full Spectrum Regulatory Challenge Launch Event, organised by CIS, and CCG-NLUD on September 27 2019. At the event, Sunil Abraham discussed the draft policy brief linked below, which is an output of the Regulatory Practices Lab at CIS.

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Artificial Intelligence: a Full-Spectrum Regulatory Challenge [Working Draft]

Today, there are certain misconceptions regarding the regulation of AI. Some corporations would like us to believe that AI is being developed and used in a regulatory vacuum. Others in civil society organisations believe that AI is a regulatory circumvention strategy deployed by corporations. As a result, these organisations call for onerous regulations targeting corporations. However, some uses of AI by corporations can be completely benign and some uses AI by the state can result in the most egregious human rights violations. Therefore policy makers need to throw every regulatory tool from their arsenal to unlock the benefits of AI and mitigate its harms.

This policy brief proposes a granular, full spectrum approach to the regulation of AI depending on who is using AI, who is impacted by that use and what human rights are impacted. Everything from deregulation, to forbearance, to updated regulations, to absolute and blanket prohibitions needs to be considered depending on the specifics. This approach stands in contrast to approaches of ethics, omnibus law, homogeneous principles, and human rights, which will result in inappropriate under-regulation or over-regulation of the sector.

Find a copy of the working draft here.

Setting International Norms of Cyber Conflict is Hard, But that Doesn't Mean that We Should Stop Trying

Posted by Arindrajit Basu and Karan Saini at Sep 30, 2019 07:00 PM |
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Last month, cyber-defense analyst and geostrategist Pukhraj Singh penned a stinging epitaph, published by MWI, for global norms-formulation processes that are attempting to foster cyber stability and regulate cyber conflict—specifically, the Tallinn Manual.

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Comparison of the Manila Principles to Draft of The Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines(Amendment) Rules], 2018

Posted by Akriti Bopanna and Gayatri Puthran at Sep 30, 2019 02:25 PM |

This paper looks at the Manila Principles intermediary liability framework in comparison to the amended draft Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment)] Rules, 2018 introduced by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in December, 2018.

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Examining the Constitutionality of the Ban on Broadcast of News by Private FM and Community Radio Stations

Posted by Gurshabad Grover, Torsha Sarkar, Rajashri Seal and Neil Trivedi at Sep 27, 2019 04:36 PM |

Gurshabad Grover and Torsha Sarkar along with Rajashri Seal and Neil Trivedi co-authored a paper that examined the constitutionality of the government prohibition on the broadcast of news against private and community FM channels.

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Capturing Gender and Class Inequities: The CCTVisation of Delhi

Posted by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon at Sep 27, 2019 03:24 PM |

Ambika Tandon and Aayush Rathi generated empirical evidence about the CCTV programme well underway in Delhi. The case study was published by Centre for Development Informatics, Global Development Institute, SEED, in the Development Informatics working paper series housed at the University of Manchester.

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The Networked Public: How Social Media is Changing Democracy

The Networked Public: How Social Media is Changing Democracy

Posted by Amber Sinha at Sep 19, 2019 01:50 PM |

The book looks at how networks exert unchecked power in subverting political discourse and polarizing the public in India. Towards that, it investigates the history of misinformation and the biases that make the public susceptible to it, how digital platforms and their governance impacts the public’s behaviour in them, as well as the changing face of political targeting in a data-driven ecosystem.

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Core Concepts and Processes

Posted by Shruti Trikanand and Amber Sinha at Sep 13, 2019 08:00 PM |

When we embarked on this research project, we began with the primary questions of what constitutes a digital identity system. In the last few years, with the rise in national digital identity projects, there has been significant academic and media attention to the idea, benefits and risks of a digital identity system.

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Submission to Global Commission on Stability of Cyberspace on the definition of Cyber Stability

Posted by Arindrajit Basu and Elonnai Hickok at Sep 11, 2019 01:35 AM |

"The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace released a public consultation process that sought to solicit comments and obtain feedback on the definition of “Stability of Cyberspace”, as developed by the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC).

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Doing Standpoint Theory

Doing Standpoint Theory

Posted by Ambika Tandon and Aayush Rathi at Sep 01, 2019 09:00 PM |
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Feminist research methodology has evolved from different epistemologies, with several different schools of thought. Some of the more popular ones are feminist standpoint theory, feminist empiricism, and feminist relativism.

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Future of Work in the ASEAN

A literature review of the future of work in automotive manufacturing and IT services in the ASEAN region, authored by Aayush Rathi, Vedika Pareek, Divij Joshi, and Pranav M B.

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Kashmir’s information vacuum

Posted by Aayush Rathi and Akriti Bopanna at Aug 29, 2019 10:00 PM |

Legislative backing is being appropriated to normalise communication shutdowns.

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Linking Aadhaar with social media or ending encryption is counterproductive

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Aug 28, 2019 01:39 AM |

Should Aadhaar be used as KYC for social media accounts? We have recently seen a debate on this question with even the courts hearing arguments in favour and against such a move.

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A judicial overreach into matters of regulation

Posted by Gurshabad Grover at Aug 28, 2019 01:28 AM |

A PIL on Aadhaar sheds light on some problematic trends

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Rethinking the intermediary liability regime in India

Posted by Torsha Sarkar at Aug 16, 2019 01:49 AM |

The article consolidates some of our broad thematic concerns with the draft amendments to the intermediary liability rules, published by MeitY last December.

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Design and Uses of Digital Identities - Research Plan

Posted by Amber Sinha and Pooja Saxena at Aug 08, 2019 10:15 AM |

In our research project about uses and design of digital identity systems, we ask two core questions: a) What are appropriate uses of ID?, and b) How should we think about the technological design of ID? Towards the first research question, we have worked on first principles and will further develop definitions, legal tests and applications of these principles. Towards the second research question, we have first identified a set of existing and planned digital identity systems that represent a paradigm of how such a system can be envisioned and implemented, and will look to identify key design choices which are causing divergence in paradigm.

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Holding ID Issuers Accountable, What Works?

Holding ID Issuers Accountable, What Works?

Posted by Shruti Trikanad and Amber Sinha at Aug 08, 2019 10:10 AM |

Together with the Institute of Technology & Society (ITS), Brazil, and the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Kenya, CIS participated at a side event in RightsCon 2019 held in Tunisia, titled Holding ID Issuers Accountable, What Works?, organised by the Omidyar Network. The event was attended by researchers and advocates from nearly 20 countries. Read the event report here.

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